2011 Yamaha Raptor 125 vs. 2011 Pitster Pro FXR 125R

24 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2011 Yamaha Raptor 125 vs. 2011 Pitster Pro FXR 125R
Suzuki FXR 150

The Pitster is outfitted with piggyback reservoir equipped shocks front and rear. The shocks feature preload, compression, and rebound adjustment and control 8.0 inches of travel up front 9.0 out back. The Raptor features five-way preload adjustable shocks controlling 7.5 inches of front travel, and 7.9 at the rear.

Both machines offer individually operated front and rear hydraulic disc brakes. The feature packed FXR features dual piston front calipers, steel braided brake lines, and a wave style rear rotor. The FXR also comes with a uniquely designed reverse facing brake pedal.

On the Pitster Pro, traction is provided by 19x6x10 front and 18×6.5×8 rear Carlisle tires. The Carlisle’s are wrapped around lightweight aluminum rims. These tires were the industry standard in youth racing for years. The Raptor’s 19x6x10 front and 18x9x8 rear Maxxis tires were created specifically for the 125.

They are quickly becoming the new standard in youth ATV racing, especially for 90cc and above machines. While both rear tires are identical in listed diameter, the Yamaha’s Maxxis units are actually over an inch taller, plus notably wider. Yamaha outfitted the Raptor with a set of light aluminum wheels.

The Yamaha comes with plastic chassis and swingarm skid plates, a lightweight front bumper, and the normal footpeg and heel guard setup. The Pitster Pro features a full length chassis skid plate. The swingarm features a round aluminum sprocket guard and separate rotor guard. The Pitster Pro comes with nerf bars and heel guards. Our dealer removed the heel guards prior to us picking up the machine, due to their awkward hinged design.

The heel guards have to be flipped up to kick-start the engine.

The FXR measures in at 45 inches in width; five inches wider then the 40 inch wide Yamaha. The Yamaha has a 43.7 inch wheelbase, compared to the Pitster at 43 inches. The Yamaha has a 28.1 inch seat height while the Pitster sits a bit higher at 29 inches.

At 244 pounds wet, the Pitster Pro is 55 pounds lighter then the 299-pound Raptor.

Shootout Details

Our riders consisted of 17-year-old former two-time 90cc National Champion Alex Kersey, 300cc four-stroke motocross racer Justin Flaugher, and 85cc and women’s class dirt bike racer Melanie Strode.

Out shootout took place at Big Rock Off-Road Park and Earlywine Indoor Motocross, both located in Maysville, Ky. We laid out a small cross country loop at Big Rock, which consisted of several high speed straights, several decent climbs with a challenging rocky section, and one long descent. At Earlywine’s our riders put the 125s to the test on the indoor track, then rated each machine in detail.

We also ran timed motos as the ultimate test of performance.

The Pitster Pro wins the engine category in terms of all out power. It’s notably louder and freer flowing exhaust aid the FXR in producing a broad strong powerband. The Pitster produced a bit more bottom, and notably more midrange power, easily pulling the Raptor on long hills and holeshots.

In top-end power, the Pitster tied with the Yamaha. It is possible that its top-end rating has more to do with the transmission’s gear ratios than actual high RPM power.

When it came to transmission performance, the Pitster gave up some ground. Although it could easily pull a high gear, the spacing of the close ratio four speed made finding the ideal gear more difficult, as we discovered in the rhythm section at Earlywine’s. It took a bit more effort to click through the gears. One rider noted that, “having neutral at the bottom of the shifting pattern is hard to get used to.”

The Pitster’s engine tied the Yamaha in overall effectiveness, and a good five-speed transmission would have put it over the top. As it is, the FXR gives up six tenths of a point to the Raptor in overall engine ratings.

The Raptor’s engine is strong and smooth, pulling well throughout the RPM range. It has good low-end torque, a smooth seamless midrange, and you can rev the guts out of it. It will hang with the Pitster Pro, but gives up some midrange torque in trade for a quieter yet more restrictive exhaust.

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